Friday, March 22, 2013

Doug Prade: How the Innocence Project used DNA testing to overcome junk science bite mark evidence - and the State of Ohio still can't let go; RYOT News.

STORY:  "Members of Innocence Project  use DNA testing to help free ex-cop," published by RYOT News on March 11, 2103.

GIST:  "The students’ prospect of success was tied to the evidence that helped to convict Prade in the first place in 1998: bite marks by the killer that left an impression on Margo Prade’s lab coat.
The marks set off “alarms” among student lawyers, who are taught that bite mark evidence falls under the category of junk science. “Often times,” said Godsey, “it ends up that the person’s innocent.”
Students invested eight years battling the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office to get DNA testing of the bite on the lab coat. The delay infuriated Godsey, especially because the Innocence Project offered to pay for the testing years ago. “We’ve had plenty of cases where it comes back guilty, and that’s great. That means the system got it right,” he said.".........In 2008, the Innocence Project called in the Jones Day law firm in Cleveland, which provided free assistance. Jones Day attorneys Lisa Gates and Dave Alden each estimate they spent 400 hours on the Prade case in 2012 alone, said Wood, the Innocence Project attorney. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that the lab coat should be retested using newer methods. In ordering Prade’s release in January, Summit County Judge Judy Hunter wrote that “the defendant has been conclusively excluded as the contributor of the male DNA on the bite mark section of the lab coat.” Summit County is appealing the decision to the 9th District Court of Appeals."
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